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Our trend-setting circumnavigator ticks off big nautical miles yet remains small enough to easily maintain and operate short-handed.

Overall Length
14.71m 48.26ft
Beam Overall
7.9m 25.91ft
Sail Area
133.1m2 1,434ft2
Draft (Boards Up)
1.16m 3.81ft
Base Boat Displacement
13,300kgs 29,321lbs
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With her carbon reinforced foam core hulls and powerful sail plan the 482 was designed to knock off big nautical miles. Upwind she points high, with little leeway, in the 7 to 10 knot range with her high aspect daggerboards. Reaching she blasts along between 8 and 14 knots. Of course if you really want to crank her up in surfing conditions the current record for a 482 is 28 knots.

* Polars are known as Velocity Performance Predictions (VPP’s) and are calculated using advanced computer modeling at base boat weight assuming vessel in flat sea state, trimmed sails and clean bottom. Polars do not guarantee specific performance. Vessel performance in real world conditions vary due to sea state, hull condition, payload, and the skill of the helmsman. To learn more about performance, click below to view our videos on Polars

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What Owners Think

“Balance Catamarans were the perfect compromise for us as they are fast, comfortable, practical, beautiful and very well built, by people who also love to sail.”

Mark T.

“Superb craftsmanship, delightful to work with, and absolutely beautiful boats.”

Irene V.

“Balance Catamarans, being a smaller, high-end, boutique shipyard, were prepared to work carefully with me to build the catamaran of my dreams.”

Piotr R.

“After years of planning we found Balance Catamarans to be the best combination of performance, quality of build and value on the market.”

Phil M.

“Every once in a while, you connect with a group of people you know will always be in your life in a very good way. I think building in South Africa, you get a lot more for your money. The craftsmanship is top-notch.”

Frank B.

“The team at Balance has an attention to detail, workmanship and overall quality that makes us very proud to be part of the Balance family.”

Barry S.

Full Specs

Overall Length

14.71 m / 48.26 ft

Waterline Length

14.71 m / 48.26 ft

Beam Overall

7.9 m / 25.91 ft

Main Sail

94.47 m2 / 1017 ft2

Working Self-TACKING JIB

36.25 m2 / 390 ft2

Sail Area (100% Foretriangle)

137.58 m2 / 1,480 ft2

Asymmetric Spinnaker

184.34 m2 / 1,984 ft2

Draft (Boards Down)

2.2 m / 7.22 ft

Draft (Boards Up)

1.16 m / 3.81 ft

Draft Keeled Version

1.352 m / 4.44 ft

Air Draft/Mast Clearance

21.76 m / 71.39 ft

Bridgedeck Clearance

818mm / 2.807 ft

DISP (Base Boat – Daggerboard)

13,300 kgs / 29,321 lbs

DISP (Base Boat – Keeled)

13,300 kgs / 29,321 lbs

Davit Load

250 kgs / 550 lbs per arm
Max Length Tender: 3.5m / 11′ 6″
Max Weight Tender w/OB: 214 kgs / 472 lbs


88.70 m2 / 954 ft2


2 x 34 kw / 2 x 45 hp

Fuel Capacity

2 x 400 ltrs / 2 x 105 gals

Fresh Water Capacity

2 x 390 ltrs / 2 x 103 gals

Black Water Capacity

2 x 60 ltrs / 2 x 16 gals

Maximum Displacement

17,290 kgs / 38,117 lbs

Please note that, based on component availability and other factors, specifications are subject to change without notice.

The weight of each yacht we build varies based on her interior fit-out, materials chosen, hardware and added equipment. All our catamarans are designed for best-in-class weight and sailing performance, without compromising strength or quality.

Underwing clearance will vary based on the final fit out of the yacht together with what is stored on her, the amount of fuel and water she carries, and the number of passengers onboard.


“The choice of materials is qualitative (the foam core and wood veneer for furniture), as well as the overall finish, in a word: impeccable.”

“I think the Balance 526 represents an important moment in the history of multihull design and evolution…there was something missing in the marketplace that Phil recognized: a high-performance voyaging cat that an experienced couple could take anywhere…finally, we have that a couple can really sail well.”

Tim Murphy, Judge, Cruising World Boat of the Year 2017

“Pretty as she is, every aspect of her design seems to have been refracted through a simplicity prism. Access for repairs is exceptional. The movement from helm to side decks and from side decks to foredecks is a breeze. The wiring and systems installations all reflect a commitment to functional excellence.”

Multihulls World

“Several Balance 526 owners have reported 24-hour periods covering 260 miles or more. This is one very, very fast catamaran, laden or empty.”

Multihulls World